For the Australian rugby league player from the 1930s, see Jack Rosa.
John W. Rosa Jr.
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John W. Rosa Jr.
Birth nameJohn William Rosa Jr.
Born (1951-09-28) September 28, 1951 (age 68)
Springfield, Illinois
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchTemplate:Country data United States Air Force
Years of service1973–2005
Rank80px Lieutenant General
Commands held35th Fighter Squadron
366th Operations Support Squadron
49th Operations Group
20th Fighter Wing
347th Wing
United States Air Force Academy
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Other workPresident, The Citadel

John William Rosa Jr. (born September 28, 1951)[1] is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General who served as President of his alma mater The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina from 2006 to 2018.[2] While on active duty, Rosa also served as the sixteenth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy.[3][4]

Background and educationEdit

Born in Springfield, Illinois and son of a career United States Navy Chief Petty Officer he attended high school in Jacksonville, Florida and was awarded a football scholarship to The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where he won the starting quarterback job his sophomore year until sidelined with a knee injury. Rosa entered the Air Force in May 1973 after receiving his bachelor's degree and his commission (via Air Force ROTC); he earned a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in 1985. Rosa is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army War College and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Military assignmentsEdit

After his commissioning, Rosa went to pilot training at Craig Air Force Base, Alabama, followed by fighter training at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. He flew the LTV A-7 Corsair II and Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina then the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 56th Tactical Fighter Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; from 1980 to 1983, he served an exchange tour with the Royal Air Force as a pilot in Hunter and Jaguar aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland.

His command positions have included the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea; the 366th Operations Support Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; 49th Operations Group at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; and the 347th Rescue Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. He has also served on staff assignments at Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Force headquarters, and was Deputy Director for Operations on the Joint Staff. He also served as Commandant of the Air Command and Staff College and concluded his military career serving as the sixteenth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy before retiring from the Air Force in 2005.

Rosa is a Command Pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours in the A-7, A-10, the Hunter and Jaguar aircraft, F-16, F-117A, HH-60G and HC-130; he also attended the Instructor Course of the USAF Weapons School.[5]

Awards and decorationsEdit

210px US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
120px Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
106px Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
106px Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
106px Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
106px Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
106px Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
106px Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
106px Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
106px Air Force Training Ribbon


Preceded by
Lieutenant General John R. Dallager
Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General John F. Regni
Preceded by
Major General John S. Grinalds
President of The Citadel
Succeeded by
General Glenn M. Walters

Template:The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina presidents Template:United States Air Force Academy superintendents

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